Families and the war

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

SEN. HERBERT Kohl, D-Wis., is on the right track with his call for changes in Pentagon policy on military families.

Kohl has introduced a bill which would require the Pentagon to formulate rules to keep single parents and their children together.

The legislation is aimed at service personnel, mostly single mothers, who are assigned to places they cannot take their children.

The best argument for Kohl's bill is in our nation's purported commitment to, and respect for, the family unit.

We hope Kohl's bill will require the Pentagon to deal with those relatively few situations in which both mother and father are members of the military and are shipped out at the same time.

While the demands of military duties must be honored, there are many ways in which the relatively few service people who would be affected by his proposal can fulfill their responsibilities.

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